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Two Cuban Doctors Kidnapped by Suspected al-Shabab Militants in Kenya: Police

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7Dnews London

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 11:20 GMT

Suspected Somali al-Shabab extremists have kidnapped two Cuban doctors Friday April 12th, and have killed their police protection officer in northeastern Kenya, police sources said.

They said the two doctors and their guard were on the way to work in the town of Mandera when they were attacked, according to AFP.

"It just happened this morning. The police officer is dead but the two doctors were taken away," a senior police officer, who asked not to be named, told AFP.

"From the modus operandi and the fact that they went towards the Somalia border, we have reasons to believe that the kidnappers are al-Shabab."

The two doctors are part of a group of about 100 Cubans who came to Kenya last year to help boost health services.

Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants have been waging an insurgency against Somalia's foreign-backed government for over a decade, and while it has lost some ground, it continues to stage deadly attacks in both Somalia and neighbouring Kenya.

The region is threatened by the terror group, despite continuing attacks on the terrorist group by US airstrikes in recent months.